Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Topiary at Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, 20th September 2015

Brodsworth Hall has very neat grounds, manicured in parts. This stands in contrast to the interior of the house which is preserved in the faded grandeur of its last occupants, a time of austerity and an aged owner. In the formal part of the garden, traditional beds of annuals are grown in beds with finely cut edges, whilst the strong Araucaria araucana, an assortment of fine conifers and finely mown grass add a stillness to the scene, a salve on such a perfect Autumn morning.


But it is the sculptured box and yew that take the eye, each plant a chiselled tablet or ball.


The warm stone of the building has recently been restored and, although drawn shutters give a certain blank look, the straight lines of the construction are complemented by those of the topiary.







The small bed, replicated on each corner of the house, was only planted two years ago.


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